Intestinal Illness Acquired From Animals
Animals are the source of several important intestinal pathogens, including E. coli O157:H7, Cryptosporidium parvum, Campylobacter, and Salmonella.
Frequently you get foodborne illnesses (E. coli O157:H7, Campylobacter, Salmonella) from food, and waterborne illnesses (Cryptosporidium) from water. But, you can also get any of these from direct contact with animals or other environments.
In recent years, intestinal disease associated with places where the public has contact with farm animals (e.g., petting zoos, state or county fairs, educational farms) has been identified with increasing frequency. Minnesota is no exception to this trend.
- Common Illnesses Associated with Animal Contact
Commonly recognized illnesses associated with animal contact.
- Preventing Illness Associated with Animal Contact
Basic illness prevention techniques can keep you and your family from becoming ill.
- Guidelines and Recommendations
Guidance, articles, and recommendations.
- Information for Health Care Professionals
Clinical and required reporting information.
- Information for Animal Venue Operators
Recommendations, consultation information, and free educational posters.
- Keeping Backyard Poultry
- Healthy Markets
Materials from our Healthy Markets informational campaign.